Innovator’s within our field, we build quality homes and have a 25-year history of regenerating some of the most deprived areas within the South East. Swan transforms communities into safe places that people can be proud to call home. We manage 11,500 homes and have a secure development pipeline of over 8,000 homes. Swan also provides care and support services to make a difference to hundreds of customers every week.
Swan is a great place to work and our staff clearly agree: in 2020 we made the top ten of the UK’s top 25 Housing Associations to work for according to 24 Housing Magazine, and we have ranked in the top 40 of the Sunday Times best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For, for five consecutive years. Both of these gradings were awarded based on results from the annual Best Companies staff survey that measures engagement.
We pay our employees a true market rate and we have invested heavily in this in recent years. Furthermore, to ensure transparency, we openly advertise salaries for all of our vacant positions. We believe pay equality is paramount and have robust practices in place to ensure we achieve this.
We are committed to enhancing our already diverse pond of employees and actively encourage applicants from all walks of life. We adopt the Halo Code, are disability confident employers and run our very own Inspirational You programme specifically focused on developing women within the organisation. Not to brag but we also hold an Investors in People Gold Award!
We are committed to supporting all our people to achieve a good work-life balance and have a host of benefits to help make juggling home and work life a little easier.
Swan offers generous maternity leave and enhanced maternity pay for new parents well in excess of statutory requirements. We understand that becoming a parent is a special time so we also offer reasonable time off for both parents so that they can attend appointments.
If you or your partner is undergoing fertility treatment, we offer paid time off so that you can attend appointments and procedures.
Swan understands that a family-friendly and flexible working culture is more important than ever; we want everyone to have a good work-life balance. Gone are the days where ‘work’ was about the normal 9am – 5pm in the office, we think it’s now about working hours which best support the business needs, and best support your home life, in a variety of different locations rather than a single office. Furthermore, whether it be reduced hours or remote working that you are after, we are committed to considering every flexible working request we receive on its own merit.
Our talent strategy is heavily focused on identifying our good eggs and enabling them to fly. We have our own management training programme, provide every employee with access to MS Office training and create tailored development plans for all those that want them.
I was a single mum when I started working at Swan and I really appreciated the ability to work flexibly as it meant I could take my son to school and start work that little bit later.
My second child was born in 2016 and, after my maternity leave, I reduced my hours and returned to work three days a week. He was eleven months old and I was still breast feeding – I was fully supported with the privacy and time I required to express breast milk as I transitioned back to work. I now work four days a week as I find this gives me a good work/life balance.
I am currently the Communications lead on two of Swan’s regeneration projects as well as working alongside one of my colleagues on customer facing communications for the housing association. The work is incredibly varied, and no two days are ever the same. My role is fully agile and I have long worked from various locations as well as from home. This meant that when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, I was able to continue working without any disruptions.
While I have been at Swan I’ve completed an Institute of Leadership Management Diploma and I am currently studying for a Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma, a Masters Level professional qualification that I have wanted to study since I left university.